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Bessie Smith

Bessie Smith was an American blues singer widely renowned during the Jazz Age. Nicknamed the Empress of the Blues, she was the most popular female blues singer of the 1920s and 1930s. She is often regarded as one of the greatest singers of her era and was a major influence on fellow blues singers, as well as jazz vocalists... Read More

Birth nameBessie Smith
Also known asEmpress of the Blues
BornApril 15, 1894
Chattanooga, Tennessee, U.S.
DiedSeptember 26, 1937 (aged 43)
Clarksdale, Mississippi, U.S.
GenresClassic blues, Jazz
Occupation(s)Singer, actress
InstrumentsVocals
Years active1912–37
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